Are You Ready To Play Golf On The Moon?
Your bucket list secretly includes playing golf on the moon. We have evidence that you can start adding space to your #golfinggoals in the not-so-distant future. In September 2021, billionaire Elon Musk launched his first commercial flight into space. It carried “space tourists” onboard. The civilian tourists enjoyed a three-day space orbit around the Earth in the Space X Dragon spacecraft.
Many say this was only the beginning of “space tourism”; the possibilities already seem endless for some. This is especially true for space fanatics looking for space travel that encompasses transportation and soon-coming hotel accommodations. According to NASA, “Our galaxy holds at least an estimated 300 million of these potentially habitable worlds”. Evidence suggests the innovation after hotel accommodations would be vacation excursions and, of course, golf. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time golf was played in space. Plus, the golf industry may be more involved in space technology than you realize.
“Looked Like A Slice To Me, Al”
In 1971, Alan Shepard used a Wilson Staff 6-iron head attached to a collapsible aluminum and Teflon sample collector and successfully hit two golf balls across the moon’s surface. The event led to questions about the farthest distance that Shepard’s golf balls traveled. The flight of the second successful hit was thirty seconds long and resulted in a distance of 40 yards. Although a 40-yard drive on earth would not be considered a tremendous feat, without the pull of gravity and the heaviness of a weighted astronaut suit, 40 yards is pretty impressive.
Imagine how many golfers would like to test out their swing, and some of the best golfers could drive a potential distance of three miles, according to Apollo Remastered, a book by Andy Saunders. One of Shepard’s golf balls landed and remained in a crater on the moon. Just like tourists look forward to visiting the ancient pyramids of Egypt, a tourist who golfs worldwide will visit the moon to see the historical golf ball still in the crater.
Space Is In The COBRA KING LTD DRIVER
PUMA Golf, a brand favorite for many golfers, partnered with NASA’s Space Is In It program based in the US National Laboratory at the International Space Station. As a result, PUMA Golf completed metal plating experiments in space, which led to the building of the COBRA King LTD driver. The golf club carries the Space Is In It seal that signifies research for the product was done in space.
“The Cobra King LTD driver is Cobra’s first ever zero CG driver. It features translucent Spaceport technology; a multi-purpose 16g weight strategically placed low and deep in the head to help create an extremely low CG with high MOI. The Textreme carbon fiber crown reduces crown weight to allow more weight to be positioned lower and deeper to deliver extreme distance and greater forgiveness.” – Cobra King LTD Driver Specifications.
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The International Space Foundation and NASA are still developing laws and policies governing space travel. It’s safe to say that commercial space flights and lodging are still in discussion amongst U.S. and international policymakers. For golfers looking to check off their bucket list, space travel reservations aren’t readily available, but you can still practice your swing for a hole-in-one on the moon.
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